Amritsar: Three inmates dig holes in the barracks, climb walls to escape from the high security prison

AMRITSAR/CHANDIGARH: Three high-security inmates escaped after making a hole in their barracks and then climbing two exterior walls under a thick fog on Sunday morning.

The jailbreak came to light around 3.20 on Sunday morning, after which a statewide hunt was launched to

catch escaped prisoners, identified as Jarnail Singh aka Prince, and Gurpreet Singh aka Gopi, who are brothers of Khadoor Sahib, and Vishal Sharma, a resident of Amritsar's Majitha Road. The brothers were in jail in a robbery case since July 2019, while Vishal was behind bars since April 19 last year in a rape case under the Pocso Act.

Prime Minister Amarinder Singh ordered a masterful investigation by the commissioner of Jalandhar about the incident and ordered jail minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to immediately suspend, pending an investigation, all those responsible for prison security . He also ordered the general police director (prisons) Praveen Kumar Sinha to modernize the security of prisons throughout the state.

The prime minister said that the security of all prisons in the state will be reviewed and strengthened. Currently, Central Reserve Police Force personnel are deployed at the main entrance, high security zone and for registration purposes in four state prisons, including Amritsar Central Prison.

ADGP Praveen Kumar Sinha said that the three sub-evaluations, which were housed in the 2/7 barracks of the 'Kendri Sudhar Ghar' within the prison complex, had used an iron bar to make a hole in their barracks and then climbed Both the interior and exterior. prison walls using a turban and a blanket.

Amritsar Jailbreak: 7 employees suspended

CCTV images showed that they had managed to escape from their headquarters around 1.30 a.m. Sinha explained that Kendri Sudhar Ghar was not under full CCTV surveillance.

Seven Amritsar jail employees, including two assistant superintendents, Purshottam Lal and Gian Singh, have been suspended and legal action has been recommended against Dheer Singh and Shamsher Singh and Kashmir Singh guards of the Punjab home guards who were on duty. The three underground units had escaped from the jail complex from a point near Tower No. 10, which was not under CCTV surveillance.

The guards were alerted by the other inmates of the barracks. There was no evidence of outside help, according to a preliminary investigation, which suggests that the trio, among 61 prisoners in barracks number 7, had planned to escape on their own.

DGP Dinkar Gupta, in a statement said, that the underground made a hole in the wall of his barracks by removing about 10 bricks and scaled the inner wall that is about 16 feet high by one standing on the other and then scaled the wall exterior, which is approximately 21 feet tall, using a hook made of a steel bar and a cover quilt to make a ladder.